News is out about statewide ACT scores and it’s better, slightly, but still not very good. I’m assuming that CPS scores come in even lower. Oh, and that recess thing Brizard announced last week isn’t quite all that it seemed to be.
Three of four state grads not ready for college, ACT scores show Sun Times: More than three-quarters of Illinois high school graduates aren’t completely ready for college, based on their ACT scores, state results of the college-admission test released Wednesday show.
Illinois students inch up ACT scores Tribune: Illinois’ Class of 2011 posted the highest average ACT score in a decade — 20.9 — but the performance fell below the national average and most graduates left high school unprepared for key college classes, data released Wednesday show….
Chicago Schools officials said recess already promised Tribune: CPS officials quickly said Brizard did not institute any new policy or mandate. He was simply reiterating a promise made under interim schools CEO Terry Mazany.
Local educators to rally in ‘Save our Schools’ march: Local educators will join thousands from around the country in rallying for public education in the nation’s capital on Saturday, at the ‘Save our Schools’ march.
School systems turn to energy conservation as budget saving measures: Going green appears to be helpful to lots of school systems around the country that are reaping big savings by turning off computers at night, turning off lights when no one is in the room, replacing oil gulping furnaces with energy conservation ones…
CTU argues for better – not longer – school days: With negotiations over rescinded teacher raises to resume next week, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis expounded Tuesday on her position regarding longer school days.
Coalition recommends first-ever nutrition and exercise standards for after school programs: A coalition of groups, including the Chicago-based national YMCA, has issued the first-ever comprehensive national nutritonal and physical activity guidelines for camps and after school programs.
More Illinois principals younger, female: More women are principals at Illinois schools and principals’ average ages have dropped over the last decade because baby boomers are retiring, according to a report released Monday by the Illinois Education Research Council.
Youth in motion – from Hip Hop to soccer Community News: Young people get a lot of bad press, but with the support of community groups, many are seeking out positive paths in an increasingly difficult world. Tomorrow two events – a hip hop festival and a soccer league gathering – highlight some of the alternatives.